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Poll Results: Which build?

 
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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Once again I've redone my computer build wishlist. I'm completely stuck as to which one I should actually order. I've chatted with all my friends but they have no clue.
I've never been this excited about building a new computer before and I want to get the best bang for my budget. As stated in my previous posts I already have the HDD storage I'll need as wellmas the monitor and mouse and keyboard. The only parts I need are the ones listed. I'm on a VERY tight budget and I cannot throw anymore money into the build. I can spend $800 before taxes and shipping. I play WoW, SC II, NFS Hot Pursuit. I also use my PC to watch movies on my LCD TV. I also do a lot of iTunes activities and as we all know is a resource hog. Here is the list of the three finalists that I have come up with.


EVGA SLI build-
Cooler Master HAF 912 $49.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 $152.99
2x EVGA GTS 450 $239.98
Corsair 650W modular PSU $119.99
Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz $149.99
G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB DDR3 1333 $44.99
Samsung DVD Burner $16.99
3x 120mm fans $14.37
SUBTOTAL: $789.29


The Overclocker unlocked i5
Cooler Master HAF 912 $49.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 $152.99
EVGA GTX 460 SE $159.99
Corsair 650W PSU $89.99
Intel Core i5 2500k 3.3GHz $224.99
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333 $48.99
Samsung DVD Burner $16.99
Cooler Master Hyper N520 $34.99
3x 120mm fans $14.37
SUBTOTAL: $793.29

the i7 beast
Cooler Master HAF 912 $49.99
ASRock P67 Pro3 $123.99
EVGA GTX 460 SE $159.99
Corsair 550W PSU $84.99
Core i7 3.4GHz $299.99
G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB DDR3 1333 $44.99
Samsung DVD Burner $16.99
3x 120mm fans $14.37
SUBTOTAL: $795.30
Corsair Heaven
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
CaseMouse
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Gigabyte GM-M6580 
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Corsair Heaven
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
CaseMouse
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Gigabyte GM-M6580 
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The Overclocker unlocked i5
Cooler Master HAF 912 $49.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 $152.99
EVGA GTX 460 SE $159.99
Corsair 650W PSU $89.99
Intel Core i5 2500k 3.3GHz $224.99
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333 $48.99
Samsung DVD Burner $16.99
Cooler Master Hyper N520 $34.99
3x 120mm fans $14.37
SUBTOTAL: $793.29
This one without a doubt. You forgot to include a CPU cooler on the other two builds, so they're actually over budget. The first build doesn't include an unlocked processor, so it's out. That leaves the Second. You get the unlocked processor without compromising the overall build. It's really important that your computer is well rounded. Hyperthreading on the 2600k isn't going to do you much good for gaming anyway.
Edited by cmeeks - 1/14/11 at 4:07pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600k Asus P8Z68 Deluxe MSI N250GTS TwinFrozr 1G OC 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 2133 (9-11-10-28) 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
Corsair H50 Dell U2412HM Corsair TX650W Corsair 650D 
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D-Link Wireless N 300 PCI Adapter 
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i7-2600k Asus P8Z68 Deluxe MSI N250GTS TwinFrozr 1G OC 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 2133 (9-11-10-28) 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
Corsair H50 Dell U2412HM Corsair TX650W Corsair 650D 
Other
D-Link Wireless N 300 PCI Adapter 
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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
I didn't budget the cooler in on the i7 because I figured the stock heatsink would be fine when not over clocking. I considered the hyper 212 but was worried about it not fitting with push pull and the ram.
Corsair Heaven
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
CaseMouse
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Gigabyte GM-M6580 
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Corsair Heaven
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS M4A88T-V Evo/USB3 XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
32GB SSD/ 2.32TB Storage Corsair Force 3 SSD Lite-On iHAS 124-04 Modified Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Pro Hanns-G 18.5" 1366x768 Logitech K120 Corsair 650HX 
CaseMouse
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Gigabyte GM-M6580 
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post #4 of 4
It would be a shame not to overclock these chips. You don't have to do anything crazy - just bump it up to 4.0GHz at stock voltage even. If that's all you do, then yeah, stick with the stock heatsink and see how it does before making any decisions.

I would also try to get DDR3 1600 ram if you can afford it. Somewhere I read that there's a somewhat noticeable performance gap between 1333 and 1600, but nothing really once at 1600 or above.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600k Asus P8Z68 Deluxe MSI N250GTS TwinFrozr 1G OC 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 2133 (9-11-10-28) 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
Corsair H50 Dell U2412HM Corsair TX650W Corsair 650D 
Other
D-Link Wireless N 300 PCI Adapter 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600k Asus P8Z68 Deluxe MSI N250GTS TwinFrozr 1G OC 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 2133 (9-11-10-28) 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
Corsair H50 Dell U2412HM Corsair TX650W Corsair 650D 
Other
D-Link Wireless N 300 PCI Adapter 
  hide details  
Reply
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